Usually every time we plan to visit a tourist destination, it is really necessary to do a research on several important information and interesting/attracting things in one place with other places before deciding which one must be visited for eventually. Some of those information could be related to its geographical uniqueness, the tradition or customs embraced by the society who live there which are different from the other places or in terms of its strong mythical/mystical power which still being embraced by the resident of that place. And on this article, we will take Samosir Island as an example for the best tourist destination. Geographically, Samosir Island is located in the middle of Toba Lake, a large crater lake in northern part of Sumatera Island, Indonesia. This island is separated from the mainland of Sumatera Island. As we already know, Samosir Island is a large volcanic island that was formed after the eruption of a supervolcano that had happened around some 75000 years ago and located at 1000 meters above sea level. This island contains two smaller lakes, namely Sidihoni Lake and Aek Natonang Lake. Aside from its geographical uniqueness and the opulence of its tourist attractions, both Samosir Island and Toba Lake has become the best tourist destination for both the local and foreign travellers due to its strong mythical/mystical power which still being embraced by the resident inside the region until now. The points below show interesting facts that we can see on the tourist sites at Toba Lake and Samosir Island.
- Samosir Island has been found as the only island which located in the middle of a lake in Indonesia
As what had been explained briefly before, Samosir Island has its own uniqueness in terms of its geographical location, where it is located in the middle of a large crater lake with 100 kilometres long, 30 kilometres wide and up to 505 metres deep that spread over seven regencies on the northern part of Sumatera Province.
- The tourist accommodation provided is using a one-hour ferry in order to go to the island
Since it is located in the middle of a lake, it is necessary for the travellers to take a one-hour ferry to ride across the Toba Lake from the town of Parapat. The passenger ferry leaves from Tiga Raja harbor every hour between 8.30 and 19.00. For those running late there is an option to take the passenger boat from Aji bata to Tomok until 8.30 pm. A car ferry leaves the mainland from Ajibata and lands in the small town of Tomok, about a 10-minute drive from Tuktuk until 9 pm. There are also other passenger ferries and individual hotels may also have ferries available.
- Samosir Island is known as the heart of the Toba Batak culture
It is already become common information especially for Toba Bataknese people. That is why if we are travelling to several places on the Samosir Island, we can find many of the Toba Batak traditional houses, its monuments and tombs spread across some villages on the island, especially in Ambarita village. Aside from that, this village also is known for its heritage sites during the King Sidabutar’s era that believed as the first person who set his foot on Samosir Island. That is why this island is considered as the best tourist destination also due to its exotic history and the vistas it offers
- With the strength of its mythical power that still being embraced by the resident inside the island, it is necessary for the travellers to follow “the dos and don’ts” on the place
Even though almost all of the society who live on the island already kept up with the current developments, it doesn’t mean they must leave the tradition. More than half of the society who live on Samosir Island are keep sticking with the norms and follow the Batak Toba tradition which has been passed down by their ancestors in terms of the language, wedding ceremony tradition and even the customs of the deceased ceremony. Aside from that, even it is also important for them to keep doing “a certain tradition” that passed down from their ancestors into their descendants in order to make their lives turn into a success and free from “something preventing” them to have such live. They still believe with such myth since most of those Toba Bataknese people still feeling sure that the spirit of their ancestor still play big roles to take care of their lives, thus by doing a ritual called as “hamomion” is a must in order to make sure that their ancestor’s spirit can give their descendants’ lives into more prosperous